Father Chases Down, Shoots Carjacker Who Took Car With Child Inside

Lamar Thurman suffered several gunshot wounds, and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Lantana, FL – A Florida carjacker who took off in a vehicle while a six-year-old boy was in the backseat was chased down and shot by the child’s father.

The incident began outside a residence in the 3200-block of Roberts Lane in West Palm Beach at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 20, WPBF reported.

The six-year-old boy was sitting inside the running vehicle while his father said goodbye to some friends.

That's when 29-year-old Lamar Thurman jumped into the driver’s seat, according to WPLG.

Thurman sped off with the man’s vehicle, but the boy’s father and friends immediately chased after him and called 911.

The carjacker made his way to Lantana – about five miles away – and ultimately crashed into a metal pole on Loquat Tree Drive, WBPF reported.

The boy’s father and his friends rushed in to pull the child out of the vehicle, but Thurman tried to take off again, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Teri Barbera told WPLG.

“In an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with [the] child in the car,” the man opened fire, striking Thurman several times, Barbera explained.

The suspect only made it about 200 yards before he crashed into several other vehicles, WPBF reported.

The uninjured boy was then rescued from the backseat of the stolen car.

Thurman, who has “no association with the victims,” was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, Barbera said.

Investigators said that the father’s account of what occurred was corroborated by physical evidence and witness statements, and no charges have been filed against him, WPBF reported.

“The father – it’s understandable how he reacted,” said resident Andre Ingraham, who heard the gunfire. “He probably was hysterical.”

Thurman was already on probation for carjacking an 86-year-old woman when the most recent incident occurred, according to the Associated Press.

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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Feel good story of the day.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

He is just misunderstood....We need to rehabilitate him.....hahaha such a loser! If that was my kid in the car I would have then beat the shit out of him after I shot him! Hope he gets locked up for a longggggg time! Clearly he needs to be!

Pooliscool
Pooliscool

What was a 6yr old boy doing out at 230am in the morning?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm sure the perp's family will demand justice for this crime, and want the father charged because now his family's primary source of income is in the hospital. "Justice for Thurman" protests will be started, because there is no reason the father needed to shoot a man who was just looking to make a living to support his family.

Marine1958
Marine1958

Where the hell is the NAACP and Black Lives Matter. This man Is clearly a victim. he needs to sue the car manufacturer, gun manufacturer and mostly the police for letting this clear violation of his constitutional right to steal a car.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good shooting!👍🤣

magnumforc
magnumforc

The difference between Florida and California. In California the father would be in jail, the shooter would be free and then sue the father for excessive force and the po-po for failure to prevent the father from shooting him. Sad commentary on how more states have gone down the crapper.

Gramercy
Gramercy

How scary, his look, his actions! I bet father and son were BOTH terrified...glad his father had a gun! Concealled carry,, watch words for our times!

5150
5150

That guy looks like his face was on fire and someone put it out with an ice pick! What a POS.

Doctomzach
Doctomzach

He's black, he's innocent.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Good father.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Glad dad had gun..

bluknight
bluknight

What parent wouldn't do the same thing under the same circumstances to save their child? Although some will still try to convict you, they will lose every time in front of a jury of your peers!

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Piece of shit! I'd have shot him then used him as a speed bump.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Black men committing crime? Say it ain't so??